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Newsletter | 24 March 2014

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TDA calls for overhaul of funding to high risk training providers

TAFE Directors Australia has given evidence on the first day of hearings of the newly established House of Representatives Inquiry into TAFE, with a call for stricter criteria for the funding of high risk registered training organisations (RTOs).

TDA pointed out that there are more than 5,000 RTOs, with only about 100 delivering some 90 per cent of the qualifications that receive VET funding. The cost of compliance relates to the 90 per cent that deliver only 10 per cent of the training.

TDA highlighted the national role of the public provider, which enrols 1.6 million public VET students a year, with a presence across city, suburban, rural, regional and remote Australia.

Appearing before the Committee were TDA Chief Executive, Martin Riordan, TDA Board member for the ACT, Adrian Marron (CEO of Canberra Institute of Technology), and Pam Caven, TDA Director Policy and Stakeholder Engagement.

TDA also made a detailed submission to the separate Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment, which under a Greens and Opposition motion, is also conducting an Inquiry into TAFE.

TAFE Institutes, industry clients of TAFE, TAFE students and communities involved with TAFE will be able to present evidence to the House of Representatives Committee on Education and Employment, during visits to city and regional locations in most states, during April.

See the transcript of the House of Representatives hearing.

See TDA’s submission to the Senate Education and Employment References Committee Inquiry into TAFE.

See today’s Sydney Morning Herald article, Multiple inquiries leave TAFE sector in doubt.

See the TDA media release.

TAFE and group training sign MOU

TAFE NSW and the Group Training Association of NSW and ACT have signed an agreement aimed at increasing apprenticeship and traineeship completion rates in NSW.

Announcing the agreement, the NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Tertiary Education and Skills, Mark Speakman said the two organisations would be sharing information to ensure that their respective organisations were delivering value to both students and employers.

The two training organisations have pledged to discuss opportunities for greater collaboration; to explore options for better reporting on attendance of apprentices and trainees; to review how outcomes for students and employers can be maximised; and to improve assessment validation.

See the media release.

TDA elected to the Board of Community College Baccalaureate Association

Over recent years, TDA has been working with international colleagues from the USA, UK, Canada and Hong Kong to establish a network of peak bodies involved in higher education in further education colleges.

The potential of such a network to deliver far reaching and mutually beneficial outcomes was outlined in the attached paper Working Together: Global Achievement Potential.

The paper was presented at the International Community College Baccalaureate (CCBA) Conference, held in Anaheim, California, in February by Pam Caven, TDA Director Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, and Dr Roberta Teahen, Ferris State University, Michigan.

Pam Caven was also elected   to the Board of CCBA as recognition of Australia’s shared interests with CCBA.

See the paper, Working Together: Global Achievement Potential.

Bruce Mackenzie Fellowship Award

The Bruce Mackenzie Fellowship, funded by the Holmesglen Institute Board is awarded annually to a member or members of Holmesglen staff in honour of Bruce Mackenzie’s contribution to the development of the Institute.

Ili Pelletier, Manager, Higher Education Support Unit, Holmesglen was awarded one of the two inaugural Fellowships at Holmesglen’s award evening on Friday.  The award will support Ili’s participation at the conference, convened by this network of international higher education in further education providers in Hong Kong in October 2014.

Chance to support women in non-traditional industries

A new initiative to promote women in the construction and property services industries is seeking input and ideas.

Industry Women Central will provide access to education scholarships, mentor programs, speaking opportunities, award programs, career advancement, board and committee opportunities, and participation programs.

It aims to increase the attraction, engagement, education, visibility, advancement and promotion for women and non-traditional industries.

A report on a Pilot Program Initiative for the Department of Industry is being finalised.

Industry partners are invited to make recommendations they feel are appropriate to be put forward to the Department and to share ideas about women in non-traditional industries.

For questions or to discuss further, please contact Jeanette Singline on 0407 500 937 or jeanette@buildmoregroup.com.au

See the to the Industry Women Central website.

NSW seeking head of international student programs

The NSW Government is seeking a candidate to lead the international student program for the NSW Department of Education and Communities in a role that will include schools and TAFE.

The position of Director, International Programs is being advertised. Applications close on Tuesday, 1 April.

See the position advertisement.

See the job description.

TDA web conference: AsiaBound and Other Mobility Scholarships

TDA invites vocational education and training managers and other senior staff to join a web conference on the Australian Government’s AsiaBound and other Mobility Scholarships on Monday 31 March, 2-4 pm.

The Australian Government is providing AsiaBound scholarships to support larger numbers of Australian tertiary students to have a first-hand study experience in Asia.

TAFE Institutes and colleges are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

To participate in the web conference and learn more, please RSVP to Jessica Davis, International Manager, TDA, by COB Friday 28 March.

Email Jessica at: jdavis@tda.edu.au or phone (02) 9217 3186

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities for TDA 2014 National Conference

TDA is pleased to invite organisations to consider sponsorship of the 2014 National Conference. The two-day conference, to be held at the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney on Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 September 2014, is the annual showcase for Australian public providers of vocational education and training (VET) courses to thousands of Australian and overseas students.

Australia’s public technical and further education providers enjoy a special relationship with business and industry, providing specialist skills training and workforce development programs for many in the private and public sectors.

The TDA Conference is a ‘must attend’ for all VET CEOs and senior managers, as well as many federal and state government officials and others involved in VET.

The conference usually attracts over 300 delegates and has many informal opportunities to make contact with education and government leaders, in addition to the impressive structured program of addresses and workshops. The response to the 2013 Conference from delegates was overwhelmingly positive.

You are invited to become sponsors of the 2014 TDA Conference and forge business links with senior managers from Australia’s 61 TAFE providers, VET leaders, CEOs, business managers, international business managers, senior executives, industry partners in Industry Skills Councils, peak bodies and enterprises, and universities.

Click here for sponsorship information. To confirm your booking, please email the booking request form to tda@pco.com.au.

Diary Dates

VET Development Centre – The VET BLOG
For relevant news and articles about the VET sector
DETAILS: Click here.

NCVER Research Forum
Realising our potential: widening participation through education and training

DATE: 3 April 2014
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council Awards for Excellence
DATE: 10 April 2014
LOCATION: The Langham Hotel, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

AVETRA 17th Annual Conference
Informing Changes in VET Policy and Practice: The Central Role of Research

DATE: 22-24 April 2014
LOCATION: Outrigger, Surfers Paradise, Queensland
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Thought Leaders
VET Development Centre and TAFE Directors Australia

DATE: 22 April (Sydney) and 29 April (Melbourne) 2014
LOCATION: Novotel Sydney Central & Rydges Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

VET Summit
Velg Training


29 April 2014 – Hilton Hotel in Brisbane

5 May 2014 - Hilton on the Park in Melbourne

12 May 2014 – Sheraton on the Park in Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

National Congress and Expo

DATE: 3-5 June 2014
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for information.

Office for Learning and Teaching
National Conference

DATE: 10-11 June 2014
LOCATION: Dockside Pavilion, Darling Harbour, Sydney.
DETAILS: See more.

'No Frills' - 23rd National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference
DATE: 9-11 July 2014
LOCATION: Holmesglen, Moorabbin Campus, Melbourne, Victoria
DETAILS: Coming soon.

Victorian TAFE Association
2014 State Conference

DATE: 17-18 July 2014
LOCATION: Holmesglen, Moorabbin Campus, Melbourne, Victoria
DETAILS: Coming soon.

TDA National Conference 2014
TAFE Directors Australia

DATE: 1-2 September 2014
LOCATION: Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, NSW
DETAILS: Coming soon.

National VET Conference
Velg Training

DATE: 11-12 September 2014
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Teaching & Learning Conference 2014
VET Development Centre

DATE: 4-5 September 2014
LOCATION: RACV Club Torquay, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Australian International Education Conference
Inventing the Future

DATE: 7-10 October 2014
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

2014 WorldSkills Australia National Competition
DATE: 18, 19 & 20 September 2014
LOCATION: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Group Training Australia
2014 National Conference

DATE: 12-14 November 2014
LOCATION: Grand Chancellor Hotel, Hobart
DETAILS: Coming soon.